Il­le­gal power con­nec­tions pose dan­ger to res­i­dents

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Many homes in Nairobi slums, in­clud­ing small busi­nesses , are il­le­gally con­nected to power. Crim­i­nals il­le­gally re­di­rect elec­tric­ity from power lines into these by dig­ging trenches along the roads and in­stalling or­di­nary ca­bles. These peo­ple are ac­tu­ally dig­ging their graves or, even worse, those of in­no­cent chil­dren. Many peo­ple have been elec­tro­cuted, es­pe­cially when it rains. Some of the no­to­rius ar­eas in­clude Mathare, Kib­era,Kar­i­obangi North, Koro­go­cho, Ngomongo, Dan­dora, Kawang­ware and Mukuru Kwa Njenga among oth­ers. In Kariadudu slums, one only needs Sh200 to get con­nected. Most have been forced to do this due to poverty. Many peo­ple have died in slum fires caused by these con­nec­tions. They also causes power fail­ures be­cause of over­load­ing the power lines which could harm elec­tronic ap­pli­ances. Kenya Power should do some­thing about this.

ERICK KIZ­ITO Nairobi

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